The 2016 NBA All-star starting line-up will be:
Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, LeBron James, Jimmy Butler, and Giannis Antetokounmpo for the Eastern Conference.
Stephan Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and Anthony Davis for the Western Conference.
With the teams being announced, I thought it would be fun to make an All-star starting five of the most notable snubs. Just because they did not make the starting team does not mean thy will not ultimately make the final roster.
That being said, here is the All-star starting snub team!
When you are the only person in the NBA to average a triple double (30,10, and 10), and do not make the starting five, you deserve a seat on the All-snub team.
Westbrook has played with a fury this entire season and his team has benefited from it. Currently sitting in the seventh spot in the Western Conference, Oklahoma City is feeding off of Westbrook’s energy. Yes, he can turn down some of his league leading turnovers, but when he does everything for the team, it is easy to overlook things like that.
Should Westbrook have started over someone like Stephen Curry? Maybe. Will he most certainly make the team? Without question.
Fun Fact: Isaiah Thomas leads the league in fourth quarter scoring.
When Boston needs a basket, they call Thomas and more often than not, he answers. Who cares if he is the shortest person in the NBA (5’9), Thomas is a clear cut superstar in the league.
Not only is Thomas a clear All-Star starting snub, he has capitulated his name in the MVP race with his play all season. The man even had a 50-point game this season for crying out loud.
Thomas is the start and the finish for Boston and it shows night in and night out.
When there is an argument on if you are the best point guard in the Eastern Conference and you don’t make the all-star starting team, You are a bonafide snub.
DeRozan might have been named a starter, but do not let it fool you. Toronto is Lowry’s team. His grit and grind, along with his shooting ability makes him a force to be reckoned with.
Lowry might not be the most flashiest point guard in the NBA, but he just might be the most indispensable.
It is kinda hard to get your time to shine when you play alongside a superstar like Kawhi Leonard on the San Antonio Spurs. If you blink, you’ll miss the terrific season Aldridge is having.
When you play for the Spurs, it is a given that your stats will dip a little for the betterment of the team. Despite that, Aldridge is having yet another All-star caliber season ( 18ppg, 7rebs, and 2 assists)
Aldridge has been a scoring force since his days in Portland and now that his defense is improving, he is turing into a complete player.
DeMarcus Cousins might just be his own worst enemy (and the great play of Anthony Davis).
Talent wise, Cousins is arguably the best center in the entire NBA. From his shooting ability to being able to put the ball on the floor, Cousins is a special talent. His problem however, is his attitude.
When you lead the NBA in technical fouls (if this continues through the end of the season, it would be his fourth consecutive season leading that category), You just might have an anger problem. From countless arguments with refs to running into the using bench chairs as punching bags, Cousins attitude has shined a shadow over his undeniable skill.
Was Cousin’s snubs on the starting line-up? Yes. But do I blame voters for thinking twice about him/ unfortunately no.
There were many more players that have played well enough to make the starting line up for the All-Star team, but these are the clear notables.